Organic farming advantages and disadvantages

Organic farming advantages and disadvantages

Advantages

  • Fewer chemicals are used, so less risk of eoxic chemicals remaining on food
  • Less chance of river pollution with fertiliser
  • No pesticides are used, so doesn't disrupt wildlife
  • Treatment of animals is ethical (no battery farming)
  • More labour intensive, so creates jobs

Disadvantages

  • Takes up more space than intensive farming (more land has to be farm land, rather than being set aside for wildlife or other uses
  • More labour intensive, so makes food more expensive
  • Crop yields are lower

Evaluation

Organic farming reduces negative impacts on the environment, provides more jobs and there is less concern about ethical treatment of animals, however, it causes food to be more expensive and lowers crop yields. It also takes up more space that could be put to other uses.

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